After 26 years in the classroom teaching elementary, middle, high school and college level students in various capacities, I currently serve as Program Manager for a.r.t.s.APS, an initiative in the Fine Arts of Atlanta Public Schools. I formerly served on the adjunct faculty of Georgia State University teaching Arts Integration, served on the Education Board of Spivey Hall, and am a member of GMEA, GMTA and the Piano Guild of America. Ongoing activities include further research in Critical thinking in Music and Music Composition in the Classroom.
After 14 years as a high school and 11 years as a middle school music teacher, my focus is on engaging, higher level materials for teens. I believe in an interactive, engaging, student-centered teaching style focused on critical thinking in music, 21st century teaching styles and creativity infusion in the curriculum.
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Adriana Janse van Rensburg completed her music studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa obtaining the degrees B. Mus (Ed), B. Mus Honors, M. Mus and a doctorate (2004) in music education. She also obtained Licentiates from UNISA and the ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC (London) in piano performance. Her Masters dissertation focused on guided composition for teens that included extensive research and practical application in the teaching field. Her doctoral dissertation focused on Songwriting in Adolescence. She continued her studies at Georgia State University where she obtained a Masters degree in music education (2008).
Adriana continues to write publications focusing on music composition for teens. Additional publications include "Music Tells my Story" activities for listening, composing and performing Integrating Music Composition and English Language Arts Skills based on the Core Curriculum. ISBN 1491239565 and Music Paints My Picture - Integrating Music Composition and Visual Arts (2014) and Piano Pieces for Kids by Kids (2013) available on amazon.com